Sneh Rana’s first act in the ladies’s Test between India and England was to introduce spin in the recreation and bowl to Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield-Hill, who had placed on a gap partnership of 38 runs by that time. She went on to develop into the fifth Indian bowler to take a four-wicket haul in ladies’s Test cricket.
However, the 27-year-old was not executed. Rana would then bat for almost 30 overs in India’s second innings, pulling her team out of a state of affairs the place they had been observing virtually sure defeat, to edging out a outstanding draw. It was her first ever Test match however the incontrovertible fact that she did all this in her first worldwide recreation in 5 years has a bigger impact on these gamers grinding it out in India’s domestic circuit, in accordance to former captain Anjum Chopra.
“She is coming back into the Indian team after five years. She has come in as an all-rounder ahead of a specialist batter or a specialist bowler. Kudos to her the way she performed,” Chopra instructed India Today.
“It probably reinstates the fact for domestic players that even if you have not played for India in the recent past, you can go back to domestic cricket. Go through the grind there, perform well and then you can return to playing for India. It becomes a very sweet incentive.”
Chopra stated that Rana’s efficiency reveals gamers in India that the doorways to the nationwide team is never closed.
“It is not very common in women’s cricket that you go back to domestic cricket and then get selected again. I have also gone through that, but it is not a very common practice. What Sneh Rana’s performance has done is that it has given an assurance to domestic cricketers that if they perform well, the door for the Indian team is never closed. They are always looking for performers,” she stated.
Rana ended the recreation with bowling figures 4/131 and scores of two and 80 not out. She walked in throughout the second innings to exchange Pooja Vastrakar and the rating was 189/6. Vastrakar was bowled by England captain Heather Knight whereas lacking a hoick utterly and later, Rana’s batting companion Harmanpreet Kaur fell taking part in a slog sweep.
India’s lead was nonetheless in two digits at the time, however Rana then anchored her team to security with vital assist from Shikha Pandey and later Taniya Bhatia. When the groups shook fingers, Rana was 20 runs away from turning into the first Indian in seven years to rating a century in ladies’s Tests. It led to numerous calls for ladies’s Tests to be 5 days lengthy, together with from Knight herself in the post-match presentation ceremony.
However, Chopra feels that calling for five-day Tests is asking for an excessive amount of too quickly. “One has to look at it from two perspectives. If women’s cricket has not been hosting Test matches very consistently, the reason is that not many countries have the adequate skills to host a full four-day match,” she stated.
“Earlier it used to be a common feature that when we would go for a bilateral series abroad that we would play one or two Test matches there. It wasn’t the case in India, but we used to play Test matches when we travelled abroad. Here we are not even resuming playing Test matches which last even four days. So, when you are asking cricket boards to make it five-day Test matches, you are asking for two things at the same time, resume Test matches and make them five-day affairs,” she stated.
Another issue is that four-day Tests can present faster-paced cricket, stated the former India captain.
“In four days, you can actually get a result. This was a full four-day Test matches with almost no interruptions. So, you can have results in four days and that will call for some faster action in terms of scoring runs and getting wickets and so on. The speed of the game will be good,” she stated.
(Reported and written by- Rohit Mundayur)